When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Still

Every Friday, I join with others in my favorite day of the week.  It is taking simply five minutes to write without worrying whether we get it right or not.  This week, we are being hosted Here.  Over at the site aptly named (in) Courage. 
Take a few moments and stroll around this site looking for your own five minutes of sweet inspiration. 
 I hope to see you there.  The word this week is:



Each time I look at that very simple word, still, my mind and my heart travel into the Old Testament to a wonderful place in Psalms 46:10
"Be still and know that I am God......"

I find it so interesting that the Lord did not counsel us to be busy;  to hurry about our day to day activities.  To miss the small moments of laughter or growth.  Instead, He counseled us to "Be Still". 
I often think that I need that sweet stillness in my life.  That time of breathing and pausing and thinking and being quiet.  That time when I can look around me and really see all the miracles in the day to day. 
I have found that I miss so much by being busy.  Time flies and I miss the pitter patter of small feet running down the hall to snuggle under the covers.  I miss the feel of a tiny hand clasped tightly into mine.  I miss the way each one of my children would run their fingers through my hair and take comfort in the closeness. 
When I am still, I can feel the knowledge of the things I need to do today.  I can hear the whispers of the spirit reminding me who I am and what I need to do.  When I am still, I fell the strength of testimony swell within my heart.  I ponder the words in the holy scriptures, with all their meanings. 
When I am still, I take time to really trust my Heavenly Father.  I take a moment to let Him bear my burdens and my grief.  When I and still I can remember and focus on the joy that is to come.  When I am still, the darkness parts beneath my gaze and my eyes more easily focus on the path I need to follow.
When I am still, I remember that I am a child of God. 


But I just couldn't end this without the words to one of my favorite hymns.  I hope you love it as much as I do. 

  1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
    With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In ev'ry change he faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
    Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
  2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
    To guide the future as he has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
    His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
  3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning on
    When we shall be forever with the Lord,
    When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
    Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
    All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.  
Text: Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697;
trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897


  1. Beautiful! That is the perfect verse for this prompt. :)

  2. Yes, God wants me to be still....


  3. Love this. I have always loved that scripture. Such simple words but such powerful meaning.

  4. One of my very favorite hymns. Your post is a great reminder, too. My life is crazy right now with major medical problems in my family and hopefully a kidney transplant in the near future. I get so anxious. It's good to Be Still!

  5. you're so right, he didn't encourage us to be busy! good thought

  6. Thanks for your beautiful thoughts and I love that hymn.
    Blessings to you!

  7. I so needed this reminder today. Earlier, a friend and I discussed our thoughts of laziness when we are still for a few instead of finishing chores or whatever else is on the to do list and realized it wasn't entirely true.